Telling the stories of the artefacts, Frank Stella: Metal & Paint

During July-August 2012 Creative Future ran a course at Brighton Museum called ‘Museum Tales’. Run by Liz Bahs, a published poet, course participants, all marginalized writers, produced the following pieces inspired by the Museum’s collection. At the end of the course they performed their work in the Museum galleries. The course will run again in January 2013. For more information check their website.

Creative Future run the creative writing workshops in partnership with Brighton Museum and Art Gallery.

Museum Tales performance
Museum Tales performance

Frank Stella: Metal & Paint

Hmmmm, bit of old tatt: that’ll do…

And this nice swathe of Signal toothpaste

is the icing on the cake – the finishing touch

to the rich fruity base of fret-cut metal plate

with its curvy child-wave shape.

Add a bit of glitter – even better!

Layered with an orange tang of

key-shape gone wrong. Oh! And

a hot pink kiss-me-quick squiggle

hiding behind a vomit puddle.

Then, sloop the loop with a silver scooperoo

just hovering above a vile green bile green

Welsh love-spoon shaped thingummy-bob.

Hmmm! Just the ticket!

I wonder how many colours I can

get away with before I over-egg the pudding;

create a stir, and light the brandy butter

that’ll summon the men on blue watch –

it’s that alarming! Like something

collectively made by 5c – on a bad day,

but it’s by my own hand:

How clever is that!

I should call it…..

Mess o po tamia… No.

Chaostomy bag…No.

Metal Fatigue: How I got Tired of What

I Started but Kept Going Anyway…. No.

Can you Tell What it is Yet?…No.

Ach! The title’s harder than the piece of work itself!

It should be something that hits the spot.

Pau: Circuits, Series 1981…No, too formal.

Spools of War? Not, quite.

Maybe I should stop – I’m sick of it now.

Eureka! Metal Barf!

Janina Aza Karpinska

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